Grab The Popcorn: The Worst Anti-Vaxxer Antics Of 2014

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(Our Grab The Popcorn posts look back at the biggest Mommyish stories of 2014. Read them all here.) 

Did you get your flu shot yet this year? Is your pertussis booster up to date? If not, go take care of that stuff first. But once you’re all immunized up, it’s time for the Mommyish round-up of all the worst anti-vaxxer stories that made the news this year. Oh, there’s one other chore you should take care of before you settle in to read: go pop yourself a nice, big bowl of popcorn.

1. “Disease is pestilence, and pestilence is from the devil.” The story of a NYC judge upholding a policy that unvaccinated students had to stay home from school during a disease outbreak seemed pretty cut and dry – until we heard from the anti-vaxxer parents in the case. Demanding the right to send your unprotected child into a plague zone is bad enough, but plaintiff Dina Check had this to say about her 7-year-old daughter being kept home from school during a measles outbreak:

“Disease is pestilence, and pestilence is from the devil. The devil is germs and disease, which is cancer and any of those things that can take you down. But if you trust in the Lord, these things cannot come near you.”


I’ll be looking forward to hearing about how Ms. Check was bodily assumed into Heaven someday, since she is immune to the touch of cancer, pneumonia, and atherosclerosis.

2. Anti-vax doctor tells patients to skip vaccines and rely on herd immunity. Dr. Bob Sears is the son of the ‘real’ Dr. Sears, and takes his dad’s crunchy-granola-style pediatrician practice to the next level. While his father was cool with the CDC’s standard vaccine schedule, Dr. Bob urges followers to choose a delayed schedule instead. It’s okay to leave small children unprotected from dangerous preventable illnesses for a few extra months or years, according to Dr. Bob – because most people do vaccinate, so your precious snowflakes should both be safe from infection and untainted by those mean old needles. You have to love anti-vaccine arguments that depend on the fact that most people are going to do the right thing and get their kids immunized.

3. Jenny McCarthy hates vaccines, but loves e-cigarettes. Famed anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy is deeply, deeply concerned about the dangerous chemicals she says vaccines are laced with. (Spoilers: they’re not.) She’s less worried, though, about the carcinogens and other nasty stuff that e-cigarettes contain. Makes me wonder if she might have changed her anti-vaxx tune if GlaxoSmithKline had offered her some cold hard cash to be their spokesperson, too.

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